It has been an arduous road to establishing a proper routine after the work from home started, 9 months ago, but I digress. With that being said, there are certain things that I like to do every day and one of those is enjoying a sweet matcha latte. Matcha is green tea leaves that are very finely ground and processed. It possesses a higher chlorophyll amount since you are consuming the leaves entirely, rather than steeping the leaves in tea bags. Matcha is from Japan and has a myriad of health benefits, from its high content of antioxidants and catechins. Some of these health benefits allegedly include preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, boosting brain 🧠 and liver function, and even encouraging weight loss. Not to mention it is downright delicious and easy to prepare.
I recommend using "ceremonial grade" matcha because it the highest quality green tea powder and less bitter compared to "culinary grade". This will make your latte more palatable. I hope this recipe can come of use to someone because I particularly enjoy making this drink every day.
If you would like the traditional ceremonial set that includes a bowl, sifter, matcha container, and whisk; they sell them online. Follow the links below for another whisk set that is not as elaborate, but will get the job done, and ceremony grade matcha.
1-2 teaspoons matcha powder
a small bowl for mixing
Any type of milk 🥛(I prefer oat or almond milk)
matcha 🍵 bamboo whisk and sifter (optional)
Begin heating up some water in a kettle or microwave
Place 1-2 teaspoons of matcha into a small bowl (if you have a sifter, sift it through this then into the bowl)
Pour in a few tablespoons of warm water and begin vigorously whisking with a matcha whisk or a fork, until there are no clumps.
Add some honey and a splash of vanilla and whisk until well combined.
Pour your milk over some ice 🧊(or skip the ice and use warm milk for a hot latte) and then mix in the matcha. Serve and enjoy!